Agenda and minutes

Planning Committee
Wednesday, 3rd June, 2015 7.30 pm

Venue: Civic Offices, St Nicholas Way, Sutton, SM1 1EA

Contact: Victoria Lower, Senior Business Support Officer (Democratic Services)  Tel: 020 8770 4640 | Email:  victoria.lower@sutton.gov.uk

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1.

MINUTES pdf icon PDF 72 KB

To approve as a correct record the Minutes of the meeting held on 13 May 2015.

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Minutes:

The Minutes of the meeting held on 13 May 2015 were approved as a correct record, and signed by the Chair.

2.

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

Minutes:

Councillor Samantha Bourne informed the committee that her daughter attended a Treetops Nursery elsewhere in the borough, the applicant for application B2015/71406/3FR. Councillor Bourne stated that she was coming to the meeting with an open mind.

 

Councillor Tony Shields informed the committee that his son attended Greenshaw High School, the applicant for application B2015/71406/3FR. Councillor Shields stated that he was coming to the meeting with an open mind.

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WHITEHALL, MALDEN ROAD, CHEAM pdf icon PDF 155 KB

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3a

APPLICATION NO. A2015/71491/LBC

Listed building application involving demolition of cellar access enclosure and side addition known as 'Roy Smith’s Gallery' and erection of a two storey side/rear extension to provide staircase and lift enclosure, re-building side gallery at an increased height and internal alterations associated with conversion of flat into museum use. Modifications to main building to include widening/removal/re-instatement of internal/external doors, removal/ installation of internal access ramps and steps, remedial works, raising floor levels (where necessary), removal of beam to lower kitchen (ground floor), removal of screen glazing and new balustrade (first floor), extension of viewing platform with new guarding (second floor), remedial works to roof timbers and secondary glazing to windows together with external access ramps and associated works.

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report on the above application for listed building consent involving demolition of cellar access enclosure and side addition known as 'Roy Smith’s Gallery' and erection of a two storey side/rear extension to provide staircase and lift enclosure, re-building side gallery at an increased height and internal alterations associated with conversion of flat into museum use; Modifications to main building to include widening/removal/re-instatement of internal/external doors, removal/installation of internal access ramps and steps, remedial works, raising floor levels (where necessary), removal of beam to lower kitchen (ground floor), removal of screen glazing and new balustrade (first floor), extension of viewing platform with new guarding (second floor), remedial works to roof timbers and secondary glazing to windows together with external access ramps and associated works.

 

A poll vote on the officers’ recommendation to grant permission was held in accordance with Standing Order 31.4, when there voted:

 

To grant (10)      Councillors Samantha Bourne, Kevin Burke, Richard Clifton, Margaret Court, Vincent Galligan, Patrick McManus, Hamish Pollock, Jason Reynolds, Tony Shields and Graham Whitham

 

Resolved: That planning permission be granted for application No. A2015/71491/LBC, subject to the conditions, reasons and informatives set out in the Appendix to these Minutes.

 

 

3b

APPLICATION NO. A2015/71490/3FR

Demolition of cellar access enclosure and side addition known as 'Roy Smith’s Gallery' and erection of a two storey side/rear extension to provide staircase and lift enclosure, re-building side gallery at an increased height and change of use of wardens flat (Class C3) into additional floor space for museum use (Class D1) together with access ramps to side and rear and associated hard and soft landscaping.

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report on the above application for the demolition of cellar access enclosure and side addition known as 'Roy Smith’s Gallery' and erection of a two storey side/rear extension to provide staircase and lift enclosure, re-building side gallery at an increased height and change of use of wardens flat (Class C3) into additional floor space for museum use (Class D1) together with access ramps to side and rear and associated hard and soft landscaping.

 

A poll vote on the officers’ recommendation to grant permission was held in accordance with Standing Order 31.4, when there voted:

 

To grant (10)      Councillors Samantha Bourne, Kevin Burke, Richard Clifton, Margaret Court, Vincent Galligan, Patrick McManus, Hamish Pollock, Jason Reynolds, Tony Shields and Graham Whitham

 

Resolved: That planning permission be granted for application No. A2015/71490/3FR, subject to the conditions, reasons and informatives set out in the Appendix to these Minutes.

 

 

4.

BOROUGH SPORTS GROUND, SUTTON UNITED FOOTBALL CLUB, GANDER GREEN LANE, SUTTON - APPLICATION NO. B2015/71563/FUL pdf icon PDF 122 KB

Replacement of natural pitch with artificial pitch.

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Minutes:

The Committee considered a report on the above application for the replacement of the natural pitch with an artificial pitch.

 

A poll vote on the officers’ recommendation to grant permission was held in accordance with Standing Order 31.4, when there voted:

 

To grant (10)      Councillors Samantha Bourne, Kevin Burke, Richard Clifton, Margaret Court, Vincent Galligan, Patrick McManus, Hamish Pollock, Jason Reynolds, Tony Shields and Graham Whitham

 

Resolved: That planning permission be granted for application No. B2015/71563/FUL, subject to the conditions, reasons and informatives set out in the Appendix to these Minutes.

 

 

5.

GRENSHAW HIGH SCHOOL, GRENNELL ROAD, SUTTON - APPLICATION NO. B2015/71406/3FR pdf icon PDF 133 KB

Partial demolition and erection of a three storey extension at front to provide new classrooms and entrance area with associated facilities; refurbishment, extension and alterations to existing school incorporating the enlargement of hall involving an increase in height, new staircase enclosure, extension of corridors and new windows with additional car parking facilities and landscaping.

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Minutes:

The Committee considered a report on the above application for the partial demolition and erection of a three storey extension at front to provide new classrooms and entrance area with associated facilities. Refurbishment, extension and alterations to existing school incorporating enlargement of hall involving an increase in height, new staircase enclosure, extension of corridors and new windows with additional car parking facilities and landscaping.

 

The application had been de-delegated by Councillor Penneck.

 

Officers clarified that the original proposal was a maximum 41 additional staff, however it was unlikely there would be more than 20 on site at any one time and around 46% of staff travelled sustainably.

 

Alexander McLeish, an objector, and Councillor Marlene Heron, a ward councillor, addressed the meeting under Standing Order 31, and Kieran Holliday, William Smith, and Steve Bradford, the applicants replied.

 

The principal issues raised by Mr McLeish were:-

·         The photos shown to the committee did not accurately reflect the on street parking situation in the local area as it was normally difficult to move in the surrounding roads.

·         There was on street parking due to the school from 6.30am into the evening.

·         The parking and access issues were causing problems for local residents and had caused an issue for an ambulance to access a property in the past.

·         The goodwill of the local community was starting to be strained by the attitude of the school in recent years.

·         The proposal did not provide an alternative solution to the need for expansion.

·         Consultation with the local community was done at late notice and request genuine consultation is completed with residents.

·         Residents felt their concerns were being put to aside and not considered.

·         A petition had been submitted due to the level of residents concerns.

·         The site was overdeveloped already.

 

In response to Member questions Mr McLeish stated that the schools meeting with residents regarding the proposal was arranged six days in advance and residents were informed that the development was a ‘done deal’. A further meeting was arranged by ward councillors with the school. It was felt by residents that there was an absence of long term planning for school places, and that while it was acknowledged additional school places were needed, Greenshaw was not felt to be the right location. Mr McLeish clarified that it was felt that the proposal was over dominant and would not fit with the rest of the school site.

 

The principal issues raised by Councillor Marlene Heron were:-

·         There was an understanding that there was a need to expand schools in the borough.

·         A meeting was arranged with local residents and the school three weeks ago and residents felt that there had been enough expansion on the site in recent years and that there was little room left on the site.

·         The school was well served by buses, however parking issues were experienced on the surrounding roads as staff and sixth form students drove to school and parked very close to residents access to their properties.

·         It was estimated  ...  view the full minutes text for item 5.

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THE OLD STABLES, CHEAM PARK, TUDOR CLOSE, CHEAM - APPLICATION NO. A2015/71612/FUL pdf icon PDF 96 KB

Erection of single storey extensions, alteration and renovations together with the replacement of two dormer windows and installation of rooflights  all in connection with use of premises as a day nursery with enclosed children's play area.

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Minutes:

The Committee considered a report on the above application for the erection of single storey extensions, alteration and renovations together with replacement of two dormer windows and installation of rooflights all in connection with use of premises as a day nursery with enclosed children's play area.

 

Officers informed the committee that there would be a maximum of 80 children and 20 staff on site at any one time, in line with OFSTED regulations. The allocated parking for nursery staff would be provided in the allotment car park rather than the public car park.

 

Councillors expressed concern that there could be over 100 car movements per day associated to the proposed nursery in a public car park which was already busy at weekends and school holidays, and that local schools use the park for sports activities. Members raised concern that the park gates were closed at dusk which would not be in line with the opening hours of the nursery in winter.

 

Susan Desborough and John Baird, objectors, and Councillor Mary Burstow, a ward councillor, addressed the meeting under Standing Order 31, and Colin Shea, the architect replied.

 

The principal issues raised by Ms Desborough were:-

·         The main concerns of residents were the parking and access to the park, particularly at weekends and during school holidays.

·         There was already difficulty accessing Tudor Close and the proposal would increase issues.

·         There was no sign in the park informing users of the proposal.

·         Seven letters rather than the 11 stated in the report were received by residents.

 

The principal issues raised by Mr Baird were:-

·         The park was bequeathed to the council and whether the proposal was in line with the bequethment.

·         Biodiversity was not considered within the officers report, however Cheam Park had bats and stag beetles, which were endangered, in addition to a variety of other wildlife which the proposal would disrupt.

·         The site should be a community asset and not to be an opportunity for private profit.

·         Parking is an issue in the local area.

·         The opening hours of the nursery would cause issues with closing the park.

·         Lack of consultation with local residents.

·         Moving the disabled toilets 200metres from the car park was not acceptable. 

 

In response to Member questions Mr Baird stated that traffic into the park increased during the day, with the car park being full still at 6pm in the summer. There were concerns that in addition to the staff and parents car movements, issues would be caused by deliveries to the nursery.

 

Officers stated that site notices were displayed and an advertisement placed in the local newspaper. Over the past few years attempts had been made to let the building however no viable proposals had been received. The proposal of a day nursery would ensure the longevity of the building. The peak car movements were thought to be at the main drop off and pick up times and there would not be an increase in long term parking.

 

The principal issues raised by Councillor Burstow  ...  view the full minutes text for item 6.

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STIRLING HOUSE, 18 AVENUE ROAD, BELMONT - APPLICATION NO. B2015/71099/FUL pdf icon PDF 88 KB

Erection of a two storey side extension to provide additional B1 office accommodation.

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Minutes:

The Committee considered a report on the above application for the erection of a two storey side extension to provide additional B1 office accommodation.

 

The application had been de-delegated by Councillor Hicks.

 

Officers confirmed that a further planning application would be required to convert the building into residential use, despite the prior approval given to convert the current building into residential due to the extension being proposed. The full planning application would enable the Planning Authority to consider all aspects of the proposal unlike under prior approval scheme. The application the committee was being requested to consider was for an extension to office accommodation however.

 

Peter Mattey, an objector addressed the meeting under Standing Order 31, and Zubair Ahmed the applicant replied.

 

The principal issues raised by Mr Mattey were:-

·         The current application was a technical application which was not accurate and was confusing

·         Residents were concerned about parking

·         There were concerns that by granting this application would enable an additional flat to be added to the development

·         Request for an additional condition that approval does not automatically enable an additional flat to be added to the development

 

Officers confirmed that clarification could be provided that an additional residential unit would not be automatically accepted with an additional informative to the decision notice.

 

The principal issues raised by Dr Ahmed were:-

·         The application was for a small infill which would sit on the existing footprint of the building

·         The application would increase the floor space by less than 10%

·         The extension would enable one proposed flat to be two bed rather than one bed.

·         Nine parking spaces would be provided.

 

Councillors were informed that the design of the extension could be considered on the current application. Concerns were raised by some councillors that the proposal did not compliment the host building, however it was noted by councillors that the extension would not be seen from the street.

 

A poll vote on the officers’ recommendation to grant permission was held in accordance with Standing Order 31.4, when there voted:

 

To grant (7)        Councillors Samantha Bourne, Kevin Burke, Richard Clifton, Margaret Court, Vincent Galligan, Jason Reynolds and Tony Shields

 

Against (2)         Councillors Hamish Pollock and Graham Whitham

 

Abstained (1)    Councillor Patrick McManus

 

Resolved: That planning permission be granted for application No. B2015/71099/FUL, subject to the conditions, reasons and informatives set out in the Appendix to these Minutes.

 

Informatives pdf icon PDF 87 KB